Thursday, March 15, 2012

Maroons sweep tournament

By Brian Hoffman

SALEM – Roanoke College junior Leona Rainey was named ODAC Softball Player of the Week after the Maroons swept six games in the Ferrum-Roanoke Invitational last weekend. The tournament was played at the James I. Moyer complex in Salem.

This is the third time in as many years she has won this award. A centerfielder, she was nearly perfect at the dish as she provided offense in every way possible. She went 16-for-21 (.727) with four three-hit games and two in the remaining two contests. She knocked two doubles, a pair of triples, and cleared the fences twice while scoring 16 runs and driving in 11 others. She was also a terror with her legs as she stole 12 bases, including three in a game three times. For the season, Rainey is hitting .471 (24-for-51) with 25 runs scored, 21 RBI and 19 stolen bases.


Hollie Warlitner of Roanoke College beast the throw to first in a win over SUNY-Old Westbury.

Hollie Warlitner of Roanoke College beast the throw to first in a win over SUNY-Old Westbury.

The Maroons are currently 11-3 on the season and riding a seven-game winning-streak. They will have a nine-day break before they travel to Greensboro, NC on Wednesday, March 21, to take on Guilford in their ODAC-opener. 


In the first game on Sunday, the Maroons defeated Castleton St. 10-2.  With the score, 5-0 in the sixth, Roanoke turned the lights out with a five-run inning that would eventually end the game do to the slaughter-rule.

Seven Maroons enjoyed a multi-hit game, led by freshman Kaci Frick with three.  She, along with Alea Bier and Rainey, scored twice in the contest as the Maroons collected 16 hits.

Stephanie Clark provided most of the offense, going 2-for-3 with an RBI-double in the fifth inning and a two-run homer in the third to give the women a comfortable advantage.  She finished with a season-best four RBI for the game.

Kelly Higbie (10-3) threw her 13th complete game, as she finished with seven strikeouts and allowed only one walk while scattering four hits.

In the final game of the three-day tournament, Roanoke topped Hunter College, 6-0, in the first seven-inning game of the weekend for Roanoke. Rainey finished 3-for-3 with three stolen bases and two runs scored to lead the Maroons.

In the top of the third inning, Roanoke drew four walks as Bier earned an RBI scoring Katherine Kouri who opened with a walk.  Bier and Rainey each scored off a Hollee Warlitner two-RBI single to make it 3-0.

Higbie (11-3) threw her 14th complete game in the victory, which moves her into a tie for sixth on the single-season list in that category at Roanoke.  She finished with seven strikeouts on the afternoon.

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